State NRM Program grants
The Western Australian Government values the work and achievements of WA's local, not-for-profit and volunteer-based NRM groups and networks.
An initiative of the WA Government, the State NRM Program recognises the efforts of these groups by supporting them to achieve on-ground outcomes and expand their influence and impact into the wider community.
The Western Australian Government is investing an additional $24 million to continue the State NRM Program until March 2019. Up to $19.2 million (80 per cent) of the funding is approved through Royalties for Regions and up to $4.8 million (20 per cent) is approved through State Consolidated Funds.
The State NRM Program comprises three grant rounds starting 2015/16 to support community engagement and participation in natural resource management.
Two types of grants are currently available through the Program:
- Community Action Grants
- Community Capability Grants.
Community Action Grant
Local community groups can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $55,000 to support important natural resource management activities in the Community Action Grant rounds.
Applications for the State NRM Program's 2015-16 Community Action Grant round closed in August 2015.
An announcement of successful 2015-16 Community Action Grant recipients was announced on 16 December 2015.
To access your grant application, visit nrm.smartygrants.com.au and log in through the link at the top of the home page.
The 2016-17 Community Action Grant round is anticipated to be open in mid 2016.
Community Capability Grant
The Community Capability Grants recognise the importance of having good organisational and institutional arrangements in place to support the efforts of volunteers and the not-for-profit organisations to which they belong.
The purpose of the Community Capability Grants is to support volunteers to improve their capability to undertake on-ground work and to improve the governance and management performance of their community-based organisations.
The Community Capability Grants offer two different funding options:
- Large projects - seeking grants over $10,000 and up to $ 1 million with a time frame of up to two and a half years. Applications closed at midday, Monday 18 January 2016.
- Small projects - seeking up to $10,000 with a time frame of up to 12 months. Applications closed at midday, Thursday 14 April 2016. The round closed early due to over-subscription. It was due to close on 30 May 2016 subject to change depending on availability of funds. These applications have been assessed on a first-come, first-served basis until the available funding was allocated.
All projects must be finalised by December 2018. Funding has not been approved by the State Government beyond this date.
Applications for State NRM Program grants must be submitted online. Click here to apply.
Please ensure you read the Community Capability Grant Guidelines 2015 carefully before submitting your application.
Large Grant Work Plan 2015 template (MSExcel)
Information for grant recipients
For grants received in the 2015-16 Community Action Grant round:
To access your grant, go to nrm.smartygrants.com.au and log in through the link at the top of the home page.
Creation and Maintenance Form 201602
State NRM Program Action Grant Funding Agreement v22Feb16
Acknowledging State NRM Program funding
If you are a successful State NRM Program grant recipient you are required to formally acknowledge the Western Australian Government's contribution to your project
If your project is located in the Perth region, you are required
to acknowledge the State NRM Program.
If your project is located outside the Perth region, or covers areas within both the Perth region and regional areas, then you are required to acknowledge both the State NRM Program and Royalties for Regions.
For more details, see the Information Kit for 2015-16 grant recipients.
Two high quality versions of the State NRM Program logo are supplied here that should meet your design needs. You need a special design program to open the EPS version.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the Royalties for Regions logo.
For grants received in the 2014-15 round or earlier:
Acknowledging State NRM Program funding
If you are a successful State NRM Program grant recipient you are required to acknowledge the program as a funder.
This helps spread the news about the types of activities funded, raises the program's profile as a key funder and keeps the WA community informed of how public money is spent.
The State NRM Program logo should be used on publications, websites, advertising and display materials and signs. Please contact the State NRM Program team to discuss using the logo.
The following words can be used: "...supported by funding
from the Western Australian Government's State Natural Resource
Acknowledgement should be included in all promotional activities:
- events and announcements
- media releases and interviews
- workshops, forums and conferences
- display materials and signs
- publications and websites
The following templates are examples only. Grant recipients from the 2014-15 rounds and earlier will receive the latest versions of these when you develop your funding agreement and commence reporting.
- Funding agreement for sponsored projects
- Funding agreement for non-sponsored projects
- Project schedule template
- Progress report template
- Final report template
Valuing your contribution
Your contribution as a volunteer is probably much bigger than you realise.
In an environment of shrinking budgets it's important to capture the true value of volunteers and other in-kind effort. It helps funders understand the real dollar value of activities and impact of spending on community projects.
In-kind contributions include the donation of:
- time (volunteer hours or specialist services)
- use of equipment
Time is often underestimated in these calculations.
When estimating time, consider all the things that you and others do:
- organising things
- promoting and communicating
- supervising activities
- the list goes on....
State NRM Program volunteer rates:
- adult $250 per day or $30 per hour
- child $15 per hour
- specialists are accounted at their normal full rates
We can't emphasise enough how important it is to capture in-kind contributions.
Please contact us if you would like help estimating the in-kind contribution of your project.